Kokomo Perspective 07 03 2019 E Edition Page A1

The Kokomo Fraternal Order of Police president decried an allocation of millions of dollars of fund- ing toward a planned park- ing garage for downtown, instead asking the Kokomo Common Council to allo- cate funding to the depart- ment in order to increase policestinglevels. During last weeks Ko- komo Common Council meeting, the government body was presented with an ordinance allocating $19 million to various projects, including $6.5 million for a parking garage to be built downtown in conjunction with the hotel conference center project. FOP Presi- dent Jeramie Dodd spoke out against the plan during public comment at the meeting. He claimed the city should, instead, hire additional icers and in- crease police pay. Mean- while the city administra- tion called Dodds claims disingenuous. Im here to express to the council a concern, said Dodd. This council is about to approve an ad- ditional $19 million above the already-approved bud- get for projects throughout the city. These projects are seemingly more important than public safety. Currently, the city is budgeted for more icers than we have by an alarm- ing number. That money, This weekend Koko- chella 3 will hit Kokomo, bringing a funky flavor of music to downtown. Aptly named Kokochel- la 3: Dancin in the Streets, event organizers Kyle Gib- son, owner of The Coterie, and Mike Wilson, owner of American Dream Hi-Fi, will bring a lineup of six Midwestern bands to per- form in the alley behind Wilson's record store, lo- cated at 109 E. Sycamore St. Along with the perfor- mances, event-goers will have their pick of food and beverages. What we're going for is everybody just enjoying themselves and having a good time out in the streets of Kokomo and enjoying the scenery, people, music, food, booze, beer, and all that kind of good stuff, said Gibson. That's the theme of all of them we do; we just want to have a good time and smile and enjoy the city they live in. As has been the case in the past, Kokochella will feature a theme for its performances, and this year's event aims for a jam and improv rock-and-roll theme. Kokochella kicks offon Saturday at 5 p.m. with Cool Hand Lex, the DJ for the Indianapolis Pacers and Indy Fuel. Along with an initial performance, Gibson said the DJ will perform between acts. Following Cool Hand Lex is Rattleuce. Hailing from Marion, the four- man funk soul band's sound is described as a colorful collage of their influences melded togeth- er and poured into the air through the use of impec- cably-timed beats, saucy slap-happy bass, and tasty guitar licks peppers with odd meters and synthe- sized keyboard and per- cussion. Up next is Gingerbeard Man, a local group Gibson described as intricate jam sauce. They rock, said Gib- son. They are a really jam-influenced rock-and- roll band. While Gingerbeard Man focuses primarily on instrumentation with very little vocalization, the band will be joining Mun- cie-based Porch Cat for a super jam. After that, Moonbeau hits the stage. Gibson said the Cincinatti-based elec- tronic-pop band is sure to get the crowd dancing. They're super cool. Theyre a synthy-pop, ear- ly '90s band, I would say, said Gibson. They're su- per dancy. It makes you want to jump up and down During last weeks meet- ing of the Howard County Council, a debate ensued about concerns with the new morgue potentially giving offa foul odor in the city's center. But, are the concerns warranted? The plan for a new coun- ty morgue, now in its third iteration, is to construct ad- ditional space on the Taylor Street side of the Howard County Government Cen- ter to house an autopsy area and storage space for up to 12 bodies. Last week Howard County Commis- sioner Paul Wyman sought an allocation of $700,000 from the county's River- boat Fund to complete the construction, which also coincideswiththeshling and renovation of multiple countyices. During the meeting, Howard County Coun- cilman Stan Ortman ex- pressed concerns about the plan to locate the morgue downtown. Chief among his concerns was the idea that a smell could emanate from the facility, deterring downtown development and disturbing patrons of the city center. This one may or may not be an issue. I've heard two different stories on it, said Ortman. There's a possible stench that can come out of this facility at times. It's only a question of when not if I talked to a person on an econom- ic development committee. They looked at me - and I was the intermediary - the first question was, 'Are you really serious? No- body wants to locate near a morgue.' This may be different. I don't know. But with it being downtown, that is a risk. These other things are a risk Im not in- terested in taking in. The smell Ortman refer- enced has been an issue at the current morgue, a facil- ity at Community Howard Regional Hospital with MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 July 3, 2019 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Kokochella A9 GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES! BEST PRICE FIREWORKS 100% locally owned 765.419.8765 413 E. Center Rd. In Gabe's Pizza Place Building and East of Circle K. On 931 behind Chuck E. Cheese and in between J.C. 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